Shockers, Jayhawks, Wildcats post wins
By The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
Wichita State 68, Indiana State 48
At Wichita, No. 5 Wichita State humbled the Sycamores 68-48 on Saturday, and Indiana State coach Greg Lansing admitted even his leaders might have been "served a lesson."
Two of the WSU guards, Ron Baker with 16 points and Fred VanVleet with 15, helped Wichita State (19-0, 6-0) extend school records for winning streak and best start to a season.
Darius Carter and Chadrack Lufile both scored 10 points inside for Wichita State.
Dawon Cummings scored 19 points for Indiana State (14-4, 5-1). He was 7 of 14 from the field and the rest of the team was 9 of 37 (24.3 percent).
Led by VanVleet's nine first-half points, Wichita State led 31-22 at halftime.
Kansas 80, Oklahoma State 78
At Lawrence, Bill Self was riding Naadir Tharpe so hard in practice earlier this season that the junior point guard began to wonder whether the Kansas coach even liked him anymore.
Not just as a player — personally.
Slowly but surely, though, Self began to build Tharpe back up. His confidence began to grow, and it showed on Saturday. He scored 21 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final minute, to help the No. 15 Jayhawks hold on for an 80-78 victory over No. 9 Oklahoma State.
Joel Embiid added 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks for the Jayhawks (13-4, 4-0 Big 12), who blew most of a 47-30 halftime lead before holding on at the finish.
Phil Forte hit seven 3-pointers and had 21 points for Oklahoma State (15-3, 3-2). Marcus Smart added 16 points, but he was just 3 of 14 from the field and 0 for 6 from the 3-point arc.
Markel Brown finished with 15 points for Oklahoma State, but he also earned two of the six technical fouls that were handed out. The second of them fouled him out.
Kansas State 79, West Virginia. 56
At Manhattan, the Kansas State Wildcats have built their growing reputation on defense.
West Virginia was just the latest victim to learn that the offense is catching up.
K-State shot 54.9 percent from the field while still clamping down the Mountaineer offense Saturday afternoon and the result was a resounding 78-56 victory at Bramlage Coliseum.
"The best teams do both," K-State coach Bruce Weber said after watching his Wildcats improve to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in the Big 12.
The Wildcats had the best of both worlds against West Virginia, knocking down 14 of 24 first-half shots, including half of their 10 3-point attempts on the way to a 37-24 lead at the break. Defensively, they held the Mountaineers (10-8, 2-3) to 30 percent - 32.7 for the game.
For West Virginia, which dropped its third straight game after a 2-0 league start, Harris was the leading scorer with 21 points and point guard Juwan Staten had 16 points and 11 rebounds but seven turnovers.